Ain't nobody got time for excuses. We've put together some time-saving tips and meal prep inspiration to last you for days (...even weeks)!

Invest in a Slow Cooker

Meat presents a bit of a challenge when you’re short on time. Undercook your meat, and you’ll get a bad bout of food poisoning - you never want to watch your gains diminish before your eyes. Rather than slaving for hours over the stove, save time with a slow cooker and a rice cooker.

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Overnight Oats

Don’t use busy mornings as an excuse to skip breakfast. Prep your oatmeal the day before and leave it in your fridge overnight. Oatmeal doesn’t have to be ordinary, either.  Mix it up with your favourite nut butter, the milk of your choice, berries, and fruit. Not into milk? Bananas will impart a creamy texture to your overnight oats and they’ll give your breakfast a boost of fibre and potassium, keeping you satisfied and full of energy for a longer period of time. Dessert spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves pair well with overnight oats.

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Batch-Cook Your Veggies

Chop. Chop as if your life depends on it. After a few successful rounds of meal-prep, your knife skills may very well qualify you for Top Chef America. The key is to cut vegetables with similar densities (such as broccoli and cauliflower) in uniform sizes so that they cook evenly. Be sure to steam or boil slow-cooking veggies first - carrots, for instance. For an alternative to pasta, try spiralling zucchini or carrots.

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Make the Most of Muffin Tins

Concerned about portion control? Muffin tins will keep things bite-sized. They don’t have to be for sweet confections, either. Experiment with savoury dishes like meatballs and quiche and you’ll have protein-packed meals to last you for the rest of the week.

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Containers are Important

So, you made all this food. Now what? Don’t let your hard work to go to waste because of improper storage. Well-made containers will ensure that your tasty meals won’t spoil or spill. Look for leak-proof lids and portable, durable, stackable containers if you’ll be transporting your meals. Mason jars are great on-the-go salads. Glass containers are best for at-home use - they’re microwave-safe, easy to clean, and more durable over the long-term.

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Do you prefer to prep your meals well in advance or cook throughout the week? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author

Alessandra Hechanova is a highly caffeinated long-distance runner with a penchant for puns. She is the Community Manager for PumpUp, an inspiring mobile health and fitness community. When she isn’t toying with typography or serving up a smoothie, she’s struggling to achieve the elusive pull-up.